Peter Draper, Philip Alves, and Razeen Sally (eds)
Edward Elgar (June 2009)
This timely book brings fresh analysis to the important issue of trade policy reform in emerging markets.
The subject matter and its significance are comprehensively introduced with a review of developing country liberalization since the 1980s providing an analytical framework for the seven country case studies that follow. The case studies (Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Africa) cover a wide variety of political, historical and economic issues, but all make clear the important role that crisis, or the threat of it, plays in meaningful trade policy reform. This is of particular relevance in the current global financial crisis. These studies, together with the conclusions which are drawn from them, show how important the trade liberalization agenda remains in the 21st century.
Written by a combination of both experts and practitioners, this highly topical book will make productive reading for policy makers concerned with trade policy in developed and developing countries, as well as scholars working in trade policy. Postgraduate students studying international business, international relations, economics, politics, and international law should not be without this book.
Peter Draper, research fellow and project head, Development through Trade, South African Institute of International Affairs
Philip Alves, formerly economist, Development through Trade Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs; now with the South African Competition Commission
Razeen Sally, director, European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels, and senior lecturer, LSE